Louis Nowra

Night of Fools / Cosi

Mahen Theatre / Drama Dates and tickets

A comedy containing elements of non-conventional humour, majestic comical sequences and charming acting full of subtle nuances and zealous interpretation of songs.

A young drama director Lewis is working on his debut performance. He is supposed to produce a play featuring mental hospital patients for whom acting constitutes a part of their therapy. But his directing ambitions are frozen out when one of the patients pushes through Mozart’s opera Così Fan Tutte. The unusual cast, comprising a pyromaniac, a lithium addict who hates Mozart, a stammering lawyer, an autistic woman… that is only a sample of this singular troupe which, little by little, draws Lewis into their own visions of the play, and gradually also into their lives. This poses the question: Who, in fact, is insane? The galvanizing semi-autobiographical comedy about the creation of a theatre performance in the specific setting of a mental hospital was written by Louis Nowra (*1950), one of Australia’s most famous playwrights. Nowra is the author of thirty plays, dozens of screenplays and four opera librettos. In 1996, The Night of Fools was adapted into a film of the same name.

Premiere: at Mahen Theatre on February 15th, 2019

Length of staging: 2 hours and 45 mins incl. intermission

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Production team

Louis Nowra Author
Šimon Dominik Direction
Šimon Dominik Translation
Lucie Němečková Dramaturgy
Karel Čapek Stage design
Tereza Vašíčková Costume design
Martin Špetlík Light Design
Petr Svozílek Singing Production
Martin Pacek Motion Cooperation


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Night of Fools / Cosi Mahen Theatre / Drama

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Night of Fools / Cosi Mahen Theatre / Drama

Night of Fools / Cosi

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